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Pattern Names: Necktie; Friendship; Album
Quilter Group: Tow String Church
Top By: Tow String Church, Women
Quilted By: Great Aunt, of donor
Period: 1930-1949
Date: 1930-1950
Location Made: North Carolina (NC) United States
Project Name: Southern Appalachian Quilts
Contributor: Mountain Heritage Center
ID Number: MHC99.02.001
Brackman Number: 1376; pattern variation
Layout Format: Block pattern
Quilt Size: 74 3/4" x 65 1/4"
Fabrics: Cotton, Print, Plaid, Novelty, Multiple scrap, Floral, Dotted, Checked, Solid/plain, Striped
Colors: Turquoise or Teal, Red, Pink, Orange, Lavender, Green, Blue or Navy, Black, Beige or Tan, White, Yellow
Construction: Hand Piecing, Embroidery
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Gift or presentation
Other Notes: Donor’s father grew up on land that is now part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. When the government dispossessed those folks, donor’s grandfather helped negotiate the agreement involving the relocation of the Tow String Church. This church was "unbuilt" and moved, then rebuilt board-by-board in its newly designated location. As a going away present for the pastor, the women of the church pieced him a quilt top, including embroidering names of their family members onto their patches. At least one patch carries the date of April 1937. The church was no longer allowed to be used by members except for a once-a-year homecoming in August. When the pastor later died, his widow sent the quilt top to donor’s father, feeling it would mean more to a Tow String descendant than to her family. One of donor’s great aunts completed the quilt by stitching it to a single-piece back.
Inscription: Row 1: no names Row 2: Eva T. Sarah Gibson 1937 Mr. & Mrs. Marshall. M Floy L Marshal M Maggie Roland John R Myrtle Mathews Row 3: Davio Matis Ethal Mathis Maudie Dowdle Gennie Cunningham. April, 1937 Clara Beck April. 1937 Belle Brown April. 1937 Maxine Beck April. 1937 Nelson Addie Lilian. M Row 4: Elsie Rowland 1937 L&R Bessie Beck Tilson Beck Mr. and Mrs. J.E.R Florance B Flora P Ben P Row5: L.A.P. Laura Mathis Winnie Mathis Edna Beck Jarvis Beck Ruth Beck
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